A Message of Welcome this Pride Month
June is LGBTQ History Month, better known as Pride Month. It is a monthlong celebration of the LGTBQ community and time of remembrance of those who fought for acceptance and change.
Amidst the parades and merriment, it is important to also note the challenges that still exist. One of which are the high rates of substance use disorders among LGBTQ men and women. Studies have found that LGBTQ men and women suffer a significantly higher incidence of substance use disorders. According to the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan policy institute, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of gay and transgender people report a substance use disorder, compared to about nine percent of the general population.
Anyone who works in the treatment field knows that addiction does not discriminate. Addiction can happen to anyone.
Serenity Lane’s mission is to transform lives through the treatment of addiction. Under this mission, we endeavor to create a safe, healing and welcoming environment for our patients. This has included inclusivity training among our counselors and inviting “chosen family” to participate in family programming for patients. We will continue our work to better meet the needs of all who seek recovery from a substance use disorder.
This pride month, we invite anyone who thinks that they may have a substance use disorder, or who just has questions about treatment to reach out. Our admissions team is here to answer questions or provide recommendations for next steps.
We would also welcome any inputs on what you might like to see in terms of inclusivity, welcome and therapeutic innovation in this area. Please contact us at Mdanziger@serenitylane.org.